One of my favourite things about Christmas is planning the menu, but I know that many people dread this part.
In fact, a recent survey found that half of Aussies find cooking for a crowd more stressful than going to work! And the number one stress factor is catering for special dietary requirements. So, HFG is here to take the stress out of Christmas. In our December issue we share our best festive health hacks and shortcuts to help you celebrate with your health intact!
Here are my top five tips from the issue:
1) Chill out – A no-cook menu saves time and means less fuss in the kitchen on a hot day. Serve nuts, fruit and dips for nibbles; seafood and salads for main; and fresh fruit and store-bought sorbet for dessert. Easy!
2) Encourage BYO – If you know some guests have special dietary needs, ask everyone to bring a plate of food to share. This guarantees everyone will have something that’s safe to eat.
3) Plan ahead – Marinate meat the night before, buy bags of pre-made salad and pre-cut carrots to save slicing, and make dressings ahead of time in a small jar.
4) Keep your hands full – It’s harder to nibble on chips and shortbread with your hands full. Grab a platter and mingle with guests.
5) Give away leftovers – Provide foil packs or containers for guides to take leftovers home – it means there’s less temptation for you to overeat!
For more stress-free Christmas healthy hacks, plus plenty of no-cook entertaining recipes and ideas, pick up the December issue of Healthy Food Guide magazine– on sale now!